2012-13 Applicants

College of St Scholastica


Contact Information more...

Courtney Eickman
Graduate Admissions Counselor
The Office of Graduate Admissions
College of St Scholastica
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth MN, 55811
(866) 478-9277
(218) 723-6285
gradstudies@css.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
06/24/2013
Institution's religious affiliation
Benedictine Catholic
Additional information about the class profile
Graduates of The College of St. Scholastica who are qualified are given preference for admission to the program.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
36
Anticipated size of next entering class
36
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
60%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
40%

Program Description more...

The mission of the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program at The College of St. Scholastica is the education of front-line physical therapy providers who are prepared to meet the diverse health care needs of society, including rural communities and underserved populations, through practice, education, and administration. Program graduates are committed to interprofessional collaboration and are recognized as leaders in the provision of evidence based practice that is compassionate, ethical and legal.

The 108 credit, 33 month entry-level doctor in physical therapy program is designed to provide the students with learning opportunities that develop the intellectual, affective and psychomotor skills required for physical therapy practice. The following five components form the profession of physical therapy and consequently the design of our entry-level program: Foundational Sciences (basic science information), Tests & Measures (skills associated with examination and evaluation), Interventions (communication/coordination, documentation, education, and therapeutic procedures including physical agents, mobilization, rehabilitation, prevention), Professional and Social Responsibility (professional socialization/professional behaviors, administration, ethics, interprofessional collaboration, and the health care delivery system), and Patient Management (integrative courses with student based on- and off-site clinics to hone clinical reasoning and decision making).

Philosophically, the DPT program at The College of St. Scholastica is based on the confluence of the values cherished by our Benedictine sponsors, the mission of the College, and the values of the physical therapy profession: Love of Learning is reflected in the professional values of diligence, dedication, and scientific inquiry; Respect is seen in the professional qualities of caring, communication, leadership and collaboration; Community is evident in the professional values of helping, collaborating, and welcoming diversity; Hospitality is realized through the professional values of warmth and openness; and, Stewardship is demonstrated through the process of scientific inquiry, which results in optimum use of resources to ensure that patients/clients receive the best possible care. In the first year of the PT program students grow in their knowledge of the profession and begin fundamental skill acquisition. During the second and third years of professional education students continue to acquire knowledge and clinical application skills along with proficiency in incorporating critical inquiry and evidence-based practice skills necessary for sound clinical decision-making. The program’s high achievement of outcomes in graduation rate, passing rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination for licensure, and employment rate substantiates the program’s excellence in preparation of entry-level doctors of physical therapy.

The College of St. Scholastica's Department of Physical Therapy will not accept more than three applications from any individual during the course of his or her academic career.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/1/2012
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
No
Important dates
Applicants must submit all application materials by October 1.  Applications not verified and "mailed" from PTCAS by December 1 will not be considered. Applicants will be notified about their acceptance status in January. If admitted to the program all pre-requisite courses and a baccalaureate degree must be completed by June 15th prior to the start of the program.  Interviews are not conducted but applicants are welcome to schedule a campus visit if desired.

The College of St. Scholastica's Department of Physical Therapy will not accept more than three applications from any individual during the course of his or her academic career.  

Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
No

Deposits

Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$0.00

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
No
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.00
 
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.00
 
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
A grade of C or better in all physical therapy prerequisite courses is required in order to apply to and be admitted into the CSS DPT program.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
7707
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
09/08/2012
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
09/08/2007
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Analytical writing scaled score
3.5
 
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Must have a minimum analytical writing score of 3.5 and a combined score for quantitative and verbal of 870 (GRE) or 290 (GRE Revised).

Preferred minimums: analytical writing 4.0; quantitative 500 (GRE) or 144 (GRE Revised); verbal 400 (GRE) or 146 (GRE Revised); combined quantitative and verbal score of 1000 (GRE) or 297 (GRE Revised).

GRE scores obtained within the 5 years prior to application will be accepted.

Observation Hours

 
Applicants are required to demonstrate an awareness of the diversity and specificity of the profession by performing volunteer hours, by conducting observations, or by working in physical therapy settings. Hours completed must be under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Exposure to physical therapy in a variety of settings is required with a minimum of two different clinical settings that address the needs of distinct patient/client populations. Applicants must complete a minimum of 100 combined hours within the immediate 4 years prior to application. Hours obtained prior to the 4 year limit can be included in the total hours beyond the 100 hour minimum. Hours obtained during high school experiences may NOT be included in the total. Applicants must verify the professional exploration hours completed.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
100
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED
More than 100
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
10/01/2012
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
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Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
2
Additional information about program's reference requirements
A minimum of two and maximum of four letters of recommendation must be submitted. One letter must be from a currently licensed physical therapist in a United States jurisdiction. Additional letters may be from a physical therapist, professor in academic major, supervisor or employer, professor, or Pre-PT advisor.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
  • Other non-citizens (e.g., refugees)
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
Professional course-by-course evaluation of original foreign transcripts required including all courses (subjects) with U.S. semester credits and a GPA on a 4.0 scale. In addition, international applicants will need to complete additional admission requirements.

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information
Science pre-requisites must be completed within 7 years prior to application.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
No
Anatomy & Physiology I
Full year, full sequence of human or vertebrate anatomy and physiology: A solid foundation in human anatomy and physiology is required to be a successful physical therapist. Completion of a full sequence of human anatomy and physiology is required. Lab experiences, preferably with a human cadaver or cadaver prosection, are required. CSS course sequence: BIO 2110-2120 Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II. Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Anatomy & Physiology II
See Anatomy & Physiology I description.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Human
Chemistry I
Full year, full sequence of Chemistry: program requires a full year, full sequence of chemistry with labs to prepare students for a background in biological life sciences such as anatomy, physiology, and tissue dynamics. A lower division sequence (1000 or 2000 level) provides an adequate background to prepare for life sciences. CSS course sequence: CHM 1110-1120 General Chemistry I & II (4 credits each).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
See Chemistry I description.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Medical Terminology
Course in medical terminology. A course in medical terminology is required to provide a foundation of the terminology used by physical therapists when examining and treating the body’s systems and diseases. CSS course: HSC 2209 Medical Terminology (2 credits).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Medical Terminology
Physics I
Full year, full sequence of physics: A full year, full sequence of physics with labs is required. Knowledge gained in this course sequence is applied in physical therapy through biomechanics and therapeutic interventions involving thermal energy, light, and electricity. Introduction to physics or a survey course in physics will not fulfill the requirements for the program. CSS course sequence: PSC 2001-2002 Physics I & II.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
See Physics I description.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
Course or courses addressing lifespan developmental psychology. This required course (or course sequence) provides background knowledge in human development across the lifespan that is utilized daily in physical therapy practice. Content in this course should address human stages from birth to death. A psychology based course is preferred, however a course offered from other human service related fields may be considered. General psychology does not meet this requirement. CSS course: PSY 2208 Lifespan Developmental Psychology (4 credits).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology
Course in abnormal psychology: A course in abnormal psychology is required for study of theories and concepts related to variations in normal developmental psychology. Knowledge gained in this course provides a background for determining if and when a patient requires a referral to another healthcare provider based on psychological distress. CSS course: PSY 3423 Abnormal Psychology (4 credits).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
Statistics
Course in statistics. A course in college-level statistics is required for students to integrate research evidence into their education. Application of statistics and discussion of appropriate types of statistics used with different research methodologies is highly recommended. A course offered by a psychology program best meets these requirements for our physical therapy program, however, other statistic courses at the 2000-level or above from the disciplines of math or economics may be considered. CSS course: PSY 3331 Statistics (4 credits).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Statistics